If you’re using Google Search on this date, you will see a unique picture of a man with yellow shirt and white towel on his neck holding the paintbrush with his background, a portrayal of his creation. It’s not a new thing from Google as they always show a special tribute on their doodle. Today, Google chose another top Indonesian artist as their respect by making a doodle and short story cover. Bagong Kussudiarja, better known as ‘Bagong’, was an internationally-renowned Indonesian artist with many skills that he had shown.
Born in Yogyakarta, 1928, he spent his formative years studying art, music, and Javanese court dance. After the Independence Day, he yearned to expand his classical training and started by studying both Japanese and Indian dance. While in the U.S. during 1957 – 1958, he was trained under Martha Graham who’s known as a legendary choreographer. After returning home, he established Pusat Latihan Tari Bagong Kussudiardja in 1958 and Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (You might see this place on the scene of movie “Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2”) in 1978. He had many achievements such as choreographing more than 200 dances in his creative yet intricate style, revering his batik oil paintings and watercolours, sculpturing, and becoming a poet with a rhythm he created himself.
Today’s Doodle illustrates Bagong as part of the celebration for his 89th birthday. As it becomes the number 1 trending topic on Google, the word “Bagong Kussudiardja” has been searched by more than 1,000,000 users in Indonesia and will expectedly reach up to 1,500,000.
Bagong passed away on June 15, 2004, but his legacy remains alive in society especially with the support from his children. Some of his sons that you might know from “Petualangan Sherina” movie are Butet Kertaradjasa & Djaduk Ferianto. Both of them still appear on television and also currently attend several art workshops or seminar.
So, what do you remember of the great Bagong Kussudiarja’s legacy?